December 4, 2016

At this time of the year, in the Northern Hemisphere, we’re dreaming of a white Christmas, as Santa prepares to fly his sleigh led by nine reindeer, but how does Santa get around in the Southern Hemisphere, when December brings about the start of Summer?

Many holiday traditions in Australia and New Zealand are the same as those celebrated in North America and Europe, although, quite often Santa is imagined as wearing warm weather clothing, rather than his fur-lined robes, and his sleigh is pulled by kangaroos instead of reindeer!

The Australian Government comments on Christmas traditions on their website, saying many Australians spend Christmas outside by going to the beach for the day or perhaps camping.  As well, if you find yourself in Sydney, many international visitors go to Bondi Beach, which can see up to 40,000 people visit on Christmas Day!

In New Zealand, the pōhutukawa, a plant which produces large crimson flowers in December, is an often used symbol for Christmas, and it has become known as the New Zealand Christmas tree.

360px-pohutukawa_flowers

Image from Wikipedia; By Bjankuloski06en – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7405753

 

 

 

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